Tent we offer for camping (add 350 pesos to use our tent)Our location south of Merida
Camping in Tropical Forest, Cenote, Mayan Ruins
Camping in Tropical Forest, Cenote, Mayan Ruins
10 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
10 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
10 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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We have a beautiful private open cenote to swim in, 111 acres of tropical jungle with Mayan ruins to explore, shower, composting toilet, fire pit.

Day-trippers are also welcome to enjoy the clear blue waters of our private Cenote and explore the ruins and tropical forest. 95 pesos per person.

Any money raised funds Earth Connection Center for Eco-Education and Leadership.

The space

We have a beautiful blue open cenote ringed with sacred trees. There is a safe ladder that descends into the cenote to swim. The property is 111 acres of former ranch land that we are restoring to tropical forest so there are many opportunities to see birds and other wildlife. There are also ancient Mayan ruins on the property to explore!

The campsites have an area cleared to put your tent on, compost toilet, shower in the casita, firepit area (separate area cleared to prevent fire - no campfires in the camping area). We also have a group camping area for larger groups.

Camp site plus single tent included. 220 for the campsite if you bring your own tent. Additional tent rentals 50 pesos for a single, 150 pesos for double.

There is no Internet only cell phone internet up to 3 bars.
There are no rooms for rent. The airbnb website is set up funny for campgrounds and there is no choice offered.

Mother Earth's Restaurant offers meals from our permaculture garden (95 pesos).

Guest access

You are free to explore the property, swim in the cenote, walk the trails, explore the ruins.

This is a sacred place and we are guests in this jungle.
Take only pictures and leave only footprints please!
Please take away everything that you bring (garbage included).

Interaction with guests

We live in the small casita on the property and are always available to help people and are happy to talk about Earth Connection Center for Eco-education and Leadership and Planet Healers!

You can look us up on the internet.

Other things to note

All of your fees are to help support the Eco-center, our volunteers, students and our programs here. If this place touches your heart and you feel like donating to help our work we will also be very grateful.

This is a sacred place and we are creating an eco-reserve for wild creatures please treat it accordingly (no pets).

Indoor fireplace
Smoking allowed
Family/kid friendly

Extra people $7 NZD / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 8PM
Check out by 1PM

Take everything that you bring with you (garbage).

Eco-center Rules

This is an eco-center. Please align your actions and keep it in mind when bringing items here.
The cenote, archeological mounds and forest are sacred places. Please treat them accordingly.
We are guests in this forest. Our actions are for all creatures. We offer selfless service.

Compost Toilet System: We compost our dung, adding charcoal to minimize the smell and make good soil. After composting it for 3 months we add the biochar under trees, not in the garden. Urine is also collected separately and is used in our fertilizer mix as a good source of nitrogen. Urine is sterile when it leaves the body.
• Please check under the seat for visitors before sitting.
• Only toilet paper used for the toilet. DO NOT THROW ANYTHING ELSE IN.
• No toxic chemicals that will kill bacteria or contaminate the ground water.
• Use a minimum of toilet paper as this degrades most slowly.
• Please lift the seat before adding charcoal or the next person will have a black bum.
• One scoop of Charcoal is all that is needed. Careful not to get it in the urine receptical at the front.
• Change the barrel or ask for assistence when its full.

Sacred Firepit
No Cooking on this fire.
• Make a fire with caution. Keep it small.
• No combustibles within 3 feet of the fire.
• If you need help starting a fire ask.
• Do not burn plastic, rubber, glossy paper or styrofoam toxic fumes are produced.
• Do not leave a fire unattended we do not want to burn the forest.
• Make sure the fire is out with water before leaving the fire alone.

• You are responsable to keep your tent area in good condition so that the next people have a good experience.
• No food in the tents and keep toiletries in the casita as these attract animals and insects.
• No fires in the camping area only in the firepit.
• No cutting trees unless permission is given.
• Keep the camp tidy as we have guests from airbnb… coming regularly to share the space.

Tidyness - Whenever a person leaves, the place needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Each person is responsible to leave the areas clean and tidy. Tidy up after yourself every day.
Please help us keep the place tidy. If you see garbage pick it up and either recycle it or put it in the garbage.
If you bring garbage take it with you. We do not burn garbage here we take it to the local pickup.

Kitchen - Please drink the bottled water as other water may have microorganisms.
• All dishes must be dry before using.
• All vegetables are washed before cooking.
• Raw vegetables need to be washed and soaked in microdyne solution (15 drops in the water bucket).
The water needs to be used to water plants as the chemical will kill our biofilter.
• Everyone helps with one person being the primary for each meal.

Biofilter – Do not use toxic chemicals in the kitchen, wash area or shower. Anything antimicrobial will kill the biofilter microorganisms.

We are a non-profit. If you damage or break anything please replace or repair it. We cannot afford to replace things.

• Be careful on the ladder, one person at a time.
• Wash off any chemicals that you are wearing (oils, insect spray…). We drink the water and do not want to kill the fish.
• Do not climb on or damage the tree roots.
• If you have dificulty climbing the ladder we have rope climbing equipment to assist you up.

Please be respectful of each other and their belongings.
Work to create culture of kindness.

You must also acknowledge
Some spaces are shared


Safety features
First aid kit
Safety card

1 night minimum stay

2 Reviews

Gina User Profile
June 2017
Great place for adventure with friends. The camping area is absolutely perfect and Paul is the most attentive host. We received great hospitality. We loved swimming in the cenote and the peaceful vibe. After dark you can listen to all sorts of wildlife. We even saw deer. Definitely going back in the future.
Paul User Profile
Response from Paul:
You are very welcome to come back again. You were great guests! Tell your friends!
June 2017

Pia User Profile
January 2017
This is truly a haven worth the trip! Paul was very hospitable, kind and attentive. The communication was fast and very friendly. The cenote in the ranch is truly beautiful and a must visit. The nature, scenery and atmosphere was serene, gorgeous and breathtaking. We would of loved to been able to stay longer. So peaceful and immersed with raw Mexican rural nature. It takes about 2 hours to get there from Merida. I will most definitely return to the special place.

Port Rowan, CanadaJoined in December 2014
Paul User Profile

I'm doing a round the world trip living and working with people healing the planet. Sharing expert advice and experience from doing ecological restoration projects and running a native plant nursery for 20 years and getting our hands dirty! Documenting their triumps and challenges and interviewing the people about their passion to heal the planet!

Our goal is to benefit these planethealers by linking you so that you are able to best help them do their work. May that be financial aid, offsetting your carbon usage or even volunteering to help!

In healing our land we heal ourselves. Learning to lead by example for this is the way to change the world.

Habitat destruction is the main cause of species loss worldwide. But it does not stop there. These losses impact humanity as well. Some areas of the world are so degraded that crops will not grow, water does not stay on the land and life is hard in these areas. By healing the land we not only benefit ecosystems but ourselves as well. Thanks to science of restoration ecology we have the tools and knowledge that enables us to repair and recreate damaged ecosystems.

Traveling in Thailand twenty years ago, large areas of rainforest in the north were cut. People much further away noticed the difference as the rains stopped. People in the cut areas experienced drought and famine. The land became dry like a desert and the soil blew away. The same thing happened in the area I lived in the 1900s. The land was cleared and then it got dry. The sand did not hold the moisture and the topsoil blew away. Some trees can still be seen with their roots on stilts as a metre of soil was blown away from their roots. They made efforts to return the trees and now there is over 30% forest cover, high biodiversity and the area is highly productive agriculturally. So we know it can be done and it is being done so please support the efforts of these planet healers!

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